U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin lamented the outcome of the presidential campaign as he stood outside a downtown train station to help U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth thank voters for sending her to join him in the Senate.
“I now know the range of human emotions, in six days to go from the heights of a Cubs victory to last night’s election,” said Durbin, who added that he would “accept the legal verdict of our democracy” and fight for Democratic values “in a civilized way.”
Durbin is the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, where his party is in the minority and will remain so after failing to win the handful of seats it needed to take control.
“It’s a situation that’s going to be uphill,” Durbin said of the one-party control that will take over Washington in January. “You have to remember, though, the institution of the Senate was designed to respect the minority … most important things will have to be done on a bipartisan basis.”
Of President-elect Donald Trump, Durbin said he’d work with him.
“That’s my responsibility, that’s what I accepted when I took this office,” Durbin said. “I just hope the office will build the man and help him understand the awesome responsibility which the American people have given him.”
Duckworth was all smiles as she greeted commuters and thanked them for helping her win in her challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk.
At a debate last week, Kirk had asked Duckworth to join him for a post-election beer at the Billy Goat Tavern. Duckworth said the two had agreed to do so on Friday, which is Veterans Day.
“It can’t be any more appropriate than that, for two veterans to get together on Veterans Day and have a drink together,” Duckworth said. (Kim Geiger)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will speak to the Civic Federation board of directors.